What Has Been Done to Mozart’s Geburtshaus?

Posted in: Salzburg


All dead dolls have neon halos, right?
photograph courtesy of violinsoldier

You shouldn’t visit Salzburg without paying homage to Mozart, one of the figures responsible for making the city so attractive to tourists in the first place. What better way to pay homage than to stomp around Mozart’s house of birth, or Geburtshaus, the place where the child genius uttered his first gurgle?

But, for the love of God, what is up with the postmodern museum devoted to the man?

Okay, the little violin from Mozart’s childhood sure is cute, but what can explain the stuffed bunny inexplicably surrounded by a clear cube of psychedelic floral wrapping paper? And then there’s that Mozart doll reclining in that bed, as the literature puts it, “suspended between birth and death, youth and old age.” Say what, Geburtshaus?

It’s jarring to place Mozart in a postmodern context; while this may be the point of the museum, it left us feeling freaked out.

About the author

Native New Yorker Miranda fondly recalls family trips to Europe, which featured formative events like spending a night on the roof of an overbooked Greek hotel and sampling the culinary wonders of horse meat. But it was while riding a pony through a patch of wild blueberries in Iceland that she realized she wanted to be an explorer. As an undergrad, Miranda bicycled across the US and lived for several months in Berlin. Nowadays she obsesses over Baltic countries and the plump cream-smothered dumplings to be found there. Fluent in German, she does freelance translation and writes educational material for children.

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